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Faculty Excellence

Support excellence in teaching

Today’s political and economic climate has made it particularly challenging to sustain that “margin of excellence” the students, alumni and friends of the University have come to expect. That is why the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation is embarking upon a focused funding initiative to secure dollars that can be invested in faculty excellence, recruitment and retention.

Another key reason for focusing on faculty support is that every dollar invested in a faculty member has an exponential impact. Since most faculty will interact with at least 100-150 students in any given year, their accomplishments translate into student successes for thousands.

Donate to the Teaching Excellence Fund

Teaching, Research and Scholarship

Our goal is to establish faculty endowments because these are sustainable revenue sources, which is especially critical when recruiting and retaining faculty. For budgeting and staffing purposes, the university needs to know that it has a renewable funding source to invest in faculty. Various endowment levels will support named faculty positions. Additionally, there is an annual funding opportunity that will serve as a means to recognize and reward faculty for their annual accomplishments and performance.

You can support exceptional faculty through your gifts to invest in:

  • Collaborative Research
  • Honors Program
  • Faculty Retention
  • International Study
  • High Impact Practices for Students

To ensure the maximum impact of these investments, the Foundation seeks a minimum funding commitment of three years for annual gifts and endowments to ensure a sustainable revenue source. Funding for the endowments can be pledged over a period of up to five years. Specific investment levels include:

  • $5,000 per year/$15,000 three-year commitment – One Faculty Fellowship for one Semester
  • $6,000 per year/$18,000 three-year commitment – One Honors Program Faculty Professorship
  • $7,500 per year/$22,500 three-year commitment – One faculty fellowship for a summer or two fellowships for one semester
  • $10,000 per year/$30,000 three-year commitment – One faculty fellowship for a full academic year

There are a myriad of ways to make gifts to the Foundation in support of faculty: cash, credit card, stock, IRA Rollover, land and estate gift. Your investment in teaching excellence will make a positive impact regionally and globally, now and for years to come.

"I have contributed to the Gretchen Grimm Art Education Scholarship fund for many years. It seems more important now than ever to maintain scholarships in education. Gretchen Grimm was a wonderful lady who always was there for her students. She was the soul of art education at UW-Eau Claire. As one of her students, I benefited from her passion. She helped me to get my first art teacher position and I taught art for 32 years. Her legacy needs to be remembered. I hope to do that by supporting today's new art educators.”   —Current donor

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